Alagona wins the Mergozzo International Triathlon

Andrea Alagona of TriUnion, in his first half Ironmann – 1.9 km swimming, 90 cycling and 21 running – won the 29th edition of the Mergozzo International Triathlon, which took place last Sunday. After a swimming section which Alagona declared he tackled wanting to feel good, and from which he still emerged first with two other triathletes, the Ticino man then got on his bike with determination and completed 90km at an amazing average of 45km/h, relegating the direct opponents at over 12 minutes and also setting the course record (1 hour and 59 minutes). Then he was able to manage the advantage in the race despite a difficult start due to cramps in the first 8 km, but he soon found his rhythm, reaching an average of 3.25 per km and taking away any room for a comeback.
The result of Alagona, born in 2001, is the result of commitment and confidence in one’s own abilities even in difficult moments. Andrea trains with TriUnion 20 hours a week and has also been able to combine study with sport: in September he will begin training in sports science in Macolin.

In 2nd place was the Venetian Massimo Cigana, former supporter of Marco Pantani, who held the record for the bike route of 2 hours and who was impressed by the pedaling portion of Alagona. Cigana, already winner of 6 editions, finished in 3h55’56”. In 3rd place Massimo Barra: the Turin driver finished in 4h02’23”.
Podium also for another Ticino citizen, Mara Solari of the Triathlon Team Ticino, 2nd among the women with an eloquent 4h54’5″: going under 5 hours is not easy even for the males. Consistent in all three disciplines, she gave the best in the bike portion, covering the 90 km at an average of 35 km/h. Third was the other Swiss Petra Vögeli.

Of note is the participation of other members of the Triathlon Team Ticino: Juro Grgic, president of the Locarno Triathlon, obtained 48th place overall and 5th in his category in 4h52’58.39″. Maurizio Petrilli, however, was 54th overall and 8th in category in 4h54’53”. Simone Personeni 74th overall and 8th in category in 5h0′:23″. Domingo Gomez 114th overall and 16th in category in 5h33’25”.

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